Matrix Upper-Intermediate Tests
Achievement Test 1
Achievement Test 2
1 Read the following extracts from the diary of Ellen MacArthur, the youngest person to sail single-handed around the world. Match headings a-g with paragraphs 1-6. There is one heading you do not need.
b A lapse of concentration
ñ A lucky escape
d A strange vision
e An unscheduled stop
f A question of practice
g A nightmare ascent
Ellen's race diaryDay 30 1_________
I awoke with a start from a short nap. I looked out of the window in the cabin and there it was - an iceberg right by the boat. Within seconds I was on deck, and the yacht and I passed within 15-20 metres of the berg, actually sailing through the white water next to it. All I could think of was what would have happened it I had hit it. The radar was alarmed, but as is sometimes the case, the berg was invisible to radar, even when I was right next to it.
Day 53 2__________
I feel quite low now... this is the hardest part for me -putting us in the right place. The worry, the constant fretting, the hours spent staring at a computer screen analysing and reanalysing till you are blue in the face. I guess this is what I lack - the experience of making this kind of decision and standing by it.
Day 66 3___________
I feel overwhelmed. The stress and difficulties of the last few days are melting away and I feel emotional as I approach Cape Horn. The second time for my boat Kingfisher and me together. It's a great symbol for the two of us personally, as the very first time I was ever alone on her was just a few mrles from this famous rock.
Day 80 4____________
I've been hand steering all night, the wind indicator wasn't working properly ... I've been preparing mentally for another climb. I'm tired, but now it's light I have to go and sort it out... [Later] I'm totally exhausted, my leg is black from the bruises. Once I got to the top a rainstorm came over. The wind was all over the place. I just want to cry.
Day 83 5___________
I'm still kicking myself for my mistake three days ago when I fell asleep after climbing the mast, and let the boat head further east. I wanted to be west, but that moment of fatigue lost me that advantage. I can't help thinking where I would be if I'd held that more westerly position.
Day 94 6__________
The wind has switched more south-west so I'm sailing at a good speed. I look at the repair of the sail and pray - I'm surprised that it has lasted this long. I had the weirdest dream last night: we were all doing the race on bicycles! Don't ask me what I'm doing after this race ...
Ellen eventually finished the 2000 Vendee Globe race in second place.
2 Choose the best answer, a, b or c, to complete the sentences.1 After getting up at 4 a.m. two days running, I was absolutely _________on the third day.
3 Complete the sentences with one of these phrasal verbs in the correct form.come about • run over • break down • set
2 The idea of celebrating together in my party when we realised that our birthdays were on the same day.
3 If you want to finish decorating your room today, you'll have to______________straight away.
4 After days of wondering what to give Nick as a present, Ben______________the idea of a ticket to a pop concert.
5 According to the advertisement, the factory is ______________ five new employees.
6 My friend and I want______________an Internet site about national pop groups.
7 I'm sorry but I'm going to be late as the car has
8 The cat was nearly ____________ but luckily the driver stopped just in time.
9 When burglars______________Simon's house, they stole alt his mother's jewellery.
4 Complete the sentences using one of the following adverbs.
5 Complete the sentences using the correct form of the verbs below.
6 Write an argument (200-250 words) for and against one of the following statements:
• write a short introduction
• write paragraph(s) 'for' the title
• write paragraph(s) 'against' the title
• summarise your own views
• link your ideas appropriately
• use an appropriate style
Giving a short presentation
Here are some points you could mention:
Test 5 Answers1 1c 2f 3a 4g 5b 6d
2 1a 2c 3b 4b 5a 6c 7b 8c 9a 10 b
3 1 dressing up / to dress up 2 came about 3 get cracking
4 hit on 5 taking on 6 to set up 7 broken down
8 run over 9 broke into
4 1 because 2 Although 3 so that 4 while 5 after
6 if 7 Since
5 1 was watching 2 was 3 realised 4 phoned 5 told
6 had gone 7 had missed 8 had been watching